- Director of Research
- Coordinator, MS in Urban Planning for Transition
2050 University of the Arts Campus
- Giovanni Ruiz & Jacqueline Thornton
The 2050 University of the Arts proposal promotes a new educational environment. The new university will focus on interpersonal connections through its varying modular forms that provide a series of different views of the city. The project is composed of two buildings; the taller tower provides housing for students while the shorter building provides the educational program spaces. Multiple studios and classrooms are scattered throughout the education building varying in sizes giving the students ample room for learning. The housing tower provides students with plenty of group space with a kitchenette on each floor and each dorm room receives a beautiful view of Philadelphia. Additionally, the building is surrounded with greenery to help mediate the negative effects of a dense city where there can be minimal shade, noise, and smog. The foliage placed on street level implants a freshness and stimulates a calming environment. One of the issues that philadelphia faces is the lack of green space, when designing both towers our goal was to make accessible green space balconies for users of the building.